On the decline of ground lichen forests in the Swedish boreal landscape: Implications for reindeer husbandry and sustainable forest management

@article{Sandstrm2015OnTD,
  title={On the decline of ground lichen forests in the Swedish boreal landscape: Implications for reindeer husbandry and sustainable forest management},
  author={Per Sandstr{\"o}m and Neil Cory and Johan Svensson and Henrik Heden{\aa}s and Leif Jougda and Nanna Borchert},
  journal={Ambio},
  year={2015},
  volume={45},
  pages={415-429}
}
Lichens are a bottleneck resource for circumpolar populations of reindeer, and as such, for reindeer husbandry as an indigenous Sami land-use tradition in northern Sweden. This study uses ground lichen data and forest information collected within the Swedish National Forest Inventory since 1953, on the scale of northern Sweden. We found a 71 % decline in the area of lichen-abundant forests over the last 60 years. A decline was observed in all regions and age classes and especially coincided… CONTINUE READING
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